The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development is seeking nominations for committee members for all districts of the newly established Michigan Wheat Program. Nominations are being accepted through August 31, 2011.
The Wheat Program was approved in a referendum of Michigan wheat producers that was conducted from June 20 to July 1, 2011. It is designed to promote the profitable production, marketing, and utilization of wheat on behalf of Michigan producers and emphasize advancements in wheat research, education, information delivery, market development and industry-wide collaboration.
The Michigan Wheat Program will be administered by a committee of nine members appointed by Governor Rick Snyder - eight of whom are Michigan wheat producers representing eight districts and one industry representative. The Program's activities will be fully funded by assessments on bushels of wheat. The Program calls for a maximum assessment of up to one half of one percent (.5%) of the value of the wheat sold. The assessment rate would be set annually by the committee.
To review a copy of the Michigan Wheat Program and to download a copy of the nominating petition, please visit www.michigan.gov/mda or call 800-292-3939.